Staff with bicycles
We are keen to ensure our staff and students are not only a part of a dynamic research organisation, but also enjoy a great working environment.

Developing your skills

Training and development assist our staff and students to build their career options, as well as provide interesting and satisfying work. 

We deliver opportunities through internal seminars, conference attendance, leadership and management workshops. 

You are also encouraged to participate in fields outside your normal working endeavours. We have a number of internships available, from business development to communications and fundraising.



Salary packaging

Staff can take up to $15,900 of their annual salary as a tax-free benefit, providing a higher take home pay. Further tax savings can be made by salary packaging meals and entertainment, accommodation and venue hire.

After a qualifying period staff are eligible to make additional superannuation contributions which the Institute will match up to a total of 17%.

Women in science

The Institute is committed to maximising opportunities for women in science. A number of initiatives are in place to address the barriers to career advancement for women researchers.

In July 2018 the Institute opened the Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: FROEBEL Parkville on the forecourt of the Parkville campus. The centre helps our staff and students to access childcare which is one of the most significant barriers to ongoing career advancement for our workforce.

Flexible working hours

We recognise the importance of flexibility in setting working hours for parents. The Institute encourages people with family responsibilities to propose flexible working hours that provide a reasonable balance between working requirements and personal needs.

The Institute also offers a 46/52 working year, in which parents are paid for 46 weeks of work, rather than 52. This allows you to take an additional six weeks of annual leave, allowing parents to be home during school holidays.

Family-friendly meeting times

Meetings are scheduled to begin after 9:30am and conclude prior to 4:30pm. This scheduling allows staff with family responsibilities to attend while still able to attend to personal commitments.

Parental leave

Primary carers can access 14 weeks paid parental leave, and secondary carers can access four weeks paid parental leave. On return to work, the Institute has provision for flexible working arrangements.

The full details of the Institute’s support for new parents can be found in the Institute’s Parental Leave policy

Positive workplace

The Institute is committed to providing an inclusive, safe and positive workplace for all staff and students. We aim to develop a vibrant organisational culture underpinned by our core values: 

  • Contribution to society
  • Integrity and respect
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Creativity
  • Pursuit of excellence 

The Institute has a range of activities and policies to help create and foster a positive workplace, including the Appropriate Workplace Behaviour policy, which is in place to manage inappropriate conduct such as harassment, discrimination and bullying.

Social welfare

Secure bike, shower and locker facilities are available to staff and students wanting to cycle, run or walk to work. The Institute also provides morning and afternoon tea.

There are plenty of opportunities within the Institute to socialise with like-minded colleagues and contribute to the Institute through our various social clubs, groups and associations. All staff and students are encouraged to become involved in Institute life beyond their set roles and responsibilities.

Professional services

The Institute’s professional services departments provide expertise and advice across a range of areas, allowing scientific staff to focus on delivering research outcomes. These services include assistance with grant applications and funding opportunities, laboratory services, bioservices, recruitment, graphics and communications services.

Professor Anne Voss looks at film with student Helen McRae

We aim to maximise opportunities for research discoveries. To do this we must use our entire talent pool.

Athena SWAN award

Our commitment to addressing gender inequality, supporting diversity and creating an inclusive workplace culture have been recognised with a prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Award from Science in Australia Gender Equity.

WEHI employees at Midsumma Pride March

A program of initiatives to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community supports our commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace where all staff and students can flourish in a safe, supportive environment.

Painting of a hand by artist Robert Young

WEHI takes a holistic approach to reconciliation, striving to embed our commitment across all aspects of institute life and our place in the community.